Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS lens review by Fredrik Gløckner at m43photo: This is a very good performing lens, with few flaws. It is probably the best lens I have ever used. However, it comes at a rather steep price.

The Lumix X 12-35mm lens, on the other hand, has a rubberised zoom lens.

"Finally, in 2012, we got the two f/2.8 zoom lenses, with the premium metal finish. The lens barrel is made of anodized metal with a purple-ish colour. This leaves me a bit unhappy. The lens barrel has two functions, in my opinion: To be solid, and to provide a good grip. With the latter in mind, why make it out of glossy metal? Other manufacturers go for a matte crinkle finish, which I think is better.

While the two kit zoom lenses above look similar, they are in fact very different. The Lumix G 14-42mm basic kit lens has a

plastic lens mount, and is a very light lens. The Lumix X 12-35mm lens has an OIS switch on the barrel, and is much more heavy.

The zoom ring on the Lumix G 14-42mm basic kit lens is plastic, and feels a bit sticky when I rotate it. The Lumix X 12-35mm lens, on the other hand, has a rubberised zoom lens, which is very smooth to rotate, and well dampened. Even without a power zoom function, it is possible to zoom very smoothly during video using this lens, due to the well dampened zoom ring.

The lens comes with a hood in the box. The hood is well designed, and I certainly recommend using it. The only downside is that the ends are very rounded, meaning that you cannot safely put it upside down on a table."

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